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True Romance (1993)

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In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine, the Mob, track them down in an attempt to reclaim it.

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Tony Scott
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Slater ... Clarence Worley
Patricia Arquette ... Alabama Whitman
Dennis Hopper ... Clifford Worley
Val Kilmer ... Mentor
Gary Oldman ... Drexl Spivey
Brad Pitt ... Floyd - Dick's Roommate
Christopher Walken ... Vincenzo Coccotti
Bronson Pinchot ... Elliot Blitzer
Samuel L. Jackson ... Big Don
Michael Rapaport ... Dick Ritchie
Saul Rubinek ... Lee Donowitz
Conchata Ferrell ... Mary Louise Ravencroft
James Gandolfini ... Virgil
Anna Levine ... Lucy (as Anna Thomson)
Victor Argo ... Lenny
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In Detroit, Clarence Worley goes to the movie theater alone on the day of his birthday to watch some movies. The gorgeous Alabama Whitman accidentally drops her popcorn on Clarence and they watch the movie together. Later they go to a diner for pie, and end up having a one night stand. In the morning, Alabama confesses that she is a call-girl hired to spend the night with him, but she has fallen in love with him. In the morning they get married and Clarence goes to the club where she worked to bring her some clothes. However, her pimp Drexl Spivey and his partner beat up Clarence and he reacts by killing them both. Clarence asks for Alabama's suitcase with her clothes and the other girls mistakenly give another one with cocaine. When Clarence discovers the mistake, he decides to travel with Alabama to the house of his friend, the aspiring actor Dick Ritchie, to sell the drug and travel to Mexico. He visits his father Clifford Worley and gives his address to him. But the Sicilian Mafia... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Stealing, Cheating, Killing. Who said romance is dead? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

10 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,281,500
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby | DTS (5.1)| Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jack Black appears in a cameo as a theater usher in a deleted scene. See more »

Goofs

When Clifford Worley is being roughed up by Coccotti and his boys, Clifford remarks [paraphrasing here] that "Italians are part ni*gers" and proceeds to explain how the Moors intermixed with the Italian people in the 14th century. Moors are a different race than Negroes (sometimes derisively called ni*gers). Moors inhabited north Africa and Iberia (present day Spain). The Negro races are originally from sub-Saharan Africa. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Clarence Worley: In "Jailhouse Rock" he was everything rockabilly's about. I mean, he is rockabilly. Mean, surly, nasty, rude. In that movie he couldn't give a fuck about nothing except rockin' and rollin', living fast, dying young and leaving a good-looking corpse.
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Alternate Versions

Both UK cinema and early VHS versions were the same as the R-rated US print, but with one further 3 second cut to the scene where Alabama (Patricia Arquette) is thrown through a shower screen. The cut was waived when the fully uncensored Director's Cut was released in 1999. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mongoland (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Skinny (They Can't Get Enough)
Performed by The Skinny Boys
Courtesy of Jive Records
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Cult Movie to the Best
21 April 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Detroit, Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) goes to the movie theater alone on the day of his birthday to watch three kung-fu movies. The gorgeous Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette) accidentally drops her popcorns on Clarence and they watch the movie together. Then they eat pieces of pie and they have one night stand. On the dawn, Alabama confesses that she is a call-girl hired by his boss and friend to spend the night with him, but she has fallen in love with him. In the morning they get married and Clarence goes to the club where she worked to bring her clothes. However her pimp Drexl Spivey (Gary Oldman) and his partner beat up Clarence that reacts killing them both. Clarence asks to the other girls to give Alabama's suitcase with her clothes and they mistakenly give another one with cocaine.

When Clarence discovers the mistake, he decides to travel with Alabama to the house of his friend, the aspirant actor Dick Ritchie (Michael Rapaport), to sell the drug in Los Angeles and then travel to Mexico. He visits his father Clifford Worley (Dennis Hopper) and gives his address to him. But the Sicilian Mafia is the owner of the drug and a group of killers is hunting down Clarence and Alabama.

"True Romance" is a great cult movie written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Tony Scott. Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater show a wonderful chemistry and have top-notch performances and the supporting cast is impressive. The movie has a non-stop action and is excellent even after watching many times. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Amor à Queima Roupa" ("Love at Close Range")


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